Pet Tip: My Dog Or Cat Has Trouble Using The Hind Legs

Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology Pet Tip

My dog or cat has trouble using the hind legs. What can I do to help my pet until I see the neurologist?

Use a bath towel. Roll it up, place the towel under your pet’s abdomen, right in front of the hind legs, with the free ends brought up and over the top of the back much like the handle of a suitcase. By holding the towel ends, you may help take the weight off the rear legs aiding your pet to walk and support while urinating and defecating.

Anytime your pet is weak or cannot use the hind legs, you should contact your family veterinarian or Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology immediately. Pets can become permanently paralyzed without prompt treatment. Please call to schedule an appointment with a board certified veterinary neurologist at Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology. We can help determine whether your pet needs assessment on an emergency basis.

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